Urgent Protection Needed for the High Seas

Written by on October 20, 2009 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law

Marine Protected Area - Source: NOAA

ARC Center of Excellence Coral Reef Studies has published an article about an international team of scientists having called for the creation of marine protected areas in the open oceans to protect the world’s sea life from growing damage and loss caused by overexploitation, pollution and other human impacts.

The acronyms on the map represent regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs). Photo by Fisheries and Oceans Canada

The acronyms on the map represent regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs). Photo by Fisheries and Oceans Canada

The scientists say in an opinion article in the Ecology Journal progress can be made through Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, the International Maritime Organization and by individual countries doing more to protect the outer parts of their 200 mile sovereign territories and point out that establishing the Pelagos Marine Sanctuary in the Mediterranean had the effect of encouraging countries such as Italy to tighten controls over the discharge of industrial pollution into the sea.

Read about the scientists concerns and ideas in the full article at Coral Reef Studies (link no longer active).

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About the Author: Celia is Director of Business Operations for OceanLines LLC and is a frequent contributor to both OceanLines and Marine Science Today. She is a certified diver and her favorite topic is marine biology, especially stories about whales. .

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  1. Sweetwater Tom says:

    How about dividing the open ocean (past the 200 mile limit) into a 1 degree by 1 degree grid? Allow commercial fishing in alternate squares. This would help the trawled are mostly — un-trawled areas would seed for the trawled areas. Pelagic fish (bill fish, tuna) would move from one square to another.

    It’s an idea.

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